Northern California Breweries Bring Home Awards At State Fair

Marin Brewing CoMarin County, CA — Marin Brewing Company, located in Larkspur, CA and Moylan’s Brewing Company, located in Novato, CA helped to cement Marin County’s position as front runner in the industry of quality craft brewing, at the 2011 California State Fair.

The local microbreweries, long known for their national and internationally award winning ales, brought home top honors in 6 of the 28 categories judged at the 2011 California State Fair Craft Brew Competition.

“The Commercial Craft Brew Competition enriches the reputation of California as a major contributor to the resurgence of craft brewing,” said Norb Bartosik, California State Fair CEO and General Manager. “The program acknowledges the progress of California’s commercial brewers at producing superior beers.”

Marin Brewing Company won 1st place in 4 separate categories. The Old Dipsea Barlywine took 1st place in the Barleywine category and was awarded a 2nd Honorable Mention for Best of Show. The Tripel Dispsea Belgian Style-Ale, the Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine, and San Quentin’s Breakout Stout took 1st place in their categories. The Dirty Blonde, St. Brendan’s Irish Red and the Marin Hefe Weiss were awarded 3rd place in their categories and an honorable mention was awarded to Hoppy Holidaze.

Moylan’s Brewing Company is bringing home the honors of 1st place in two categories with the Moylan’s Wheat Ale and the Orange & Black Congrats Ale. The Hopsickle Imperial IPA, and the Moylan’s Chocolate Porter took 2nd place in their categories and the Nor Cal IPA, the Dragoon’s Dry Irish Stout and the Celts Golden Ale were awarded 3rd place. An honorable mention was given to the Moylander Double IPA.

Brewery owner Brendan Moylan was thrilled upon hearing the news, “It’s a great honor to be coming home with so many first place honors. Brewmasters Arne Johnson and Denise Jones have once again shown they are a force to be reckoned with. Cheers to Marin and Moylan’s Brew Crews for a job well done.”

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